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One in ten US iPhone 6 owners have now used Apple Pay

December 4th, 2014

Apple Pay is yet to gain widespread adoption among iPhone 6 owners due to poor awareness of which stores accept the NFC payments technology and a lack of understanding of how the service works, a survey conducted by InfoScout has found. Those who have used it, however, compare it highly favourably to using a traditional plastic card.  More

Dunkin’ Mobile gets 10m downloads

November 25th, 2014

Dunkin’ Donuts’ Dunkin’ Mobile payments and rewards app has been downloaded more than 10m times since its launch in 2012 and two million customers have signed up for its DD Perks loyalty program, available on mobile and via a plastic card, the US merchant has revealed. “These two digital milestones are evidence that our loyal customers are responding to our efforts to provide a superior mobile experience,” says Dunkin’ Donuts’ John Costello.

Ugo launches open NFC payments and rewards wallet in Canada

November 25th, 2014

Ugo, an open NFC mobile wallet developed by Canadian banks President’s Choice Financial and TD Bank Group, is now available to customers of all three major Canadian carriers who own one of a range of… More

United Airlines to let passengers pay for airport food and drinks using award miles

November 20th, 2014

United Airlines is to install more than 6,000 iPads across Terminal C of Newark Liberty International Airport to enable members of the airline’s MileagePlus reward scheme to use their award miles to pay for food,… More

LoyaltyGrid uses NFC tags to let luxury brands reward their customers at the point of sale

November 6th, 2014

Dutch startup LoyaltyGrid has unveiled a solution that lets luxury brands use NFC tags embedded in product packaging to guarantee the authenticity of their products — and deliver rewards, discounts, exclusive content, invitations to special events… More

Starbucks claims a 90% share of the US mobile payments market

November 3rd, 2014

Starbucks accounted for more than 90% of all mobile transactions in the US last year, the coffee chain’s CEO Howard Schultz has revealed during a fourth quarter earnings call in which he also set out plans to continue to dominate the mobile payments space. More

SK Planet to roll out Bluetooth beacons to 10,000 stores across Korea

November 3rd, 2014

SK Planet has launched a new Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) service in Korea that offers customers reward points and benefits directly on their mobile device whenever they enter a participating retail location. The BLE beacon-based solution is expected to be installed in more than 10,000 stores by next month. More

Perkwave builds in Apple Pay for pay-at-the-table

October 21st, 2014

Harbortouch, a US-based point-of-sale system and merchant services provider, has unveiled Perkwave, a mobile app that uses Apple Pay to let customers pay at the table in participating restaurants. The service also includes loyalty and rewards functionality to encourage customers to pay using their mobile device. More

Starbucks to offer mobile ordering and payments across US in 2015

October 20th, 2014

Starbucks customers in Portland are to be the first in the US to be able to order and pay for their coffee ahead of arrival and the service will be rolled out across the country… More

Korea’s SK Planet buys US BLE offers platform Shopkick

September 29th, 2014

Mobile offers platform Shopkick, which is working with a number of high profile US retailers to roll out a network of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons, has been acquired by SK Planet (SKP), operator of… More

Macy’s unveils mobile payments and customer marketing plans

September 17th, 2014

Macy’s Inc, owner of the Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s department store chains, has unveiled plans to implement a range of new technologies designed to provide an omnichannel shopping service to its customers. The plans include Bluetooth… More

Subway to accept mobile payments in 26,000 US locations

September 17th, 2014

Subway restaurants across the US are to begin accepting NFC mobile payments on 1 October, using new POS terminals that carry branding from mobile network operator-owned commerce venture Softcard. The terminals will enable the 26,000… More

Apple to offer rewards to mobile payment users?

September 9th, 2014

Apple is to pilot a merchant partnership program that “may be related to Apple launching a loyalty/rewards program”, Bank Innovation reports, citing “multiple sources with knowledge of the program”. While retailers will be part of the program, the report adds, “it may extend to other types of companies as well” with hotel chain Intercontinental Hotels Group believed to be among those involved in talks with Apple on the plan.

Retailer-owned payments venture MCX unveils CurrentC brand

September 3rd, 2014

Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), the mobile payments venture co-owned by US retail chains with collective revenues of more than US$1 trillion annually, has announced that its payments, loyalty and offers platform is to be called… More

UK retailers install hi-tech mannequins that let customers buy what they see in the window

August 21st, 2014

UK retailers House of Fraser, Hawes & Curtis and Bentalls are using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons installed in display mannequins to let customers get information about outfits displayed in their shop windows and around… More

Starbucks now processes six million mobile payments a week

July 28th, 2014

Coffee chain giant Starbucks now has 12 million active users of its mobile app in the US and Canada alone. Customers make six million mobile payments a week — representing more than 15% of all… More

Jamba Juice gives away 1m NFC smoothies

July 28th, 2014

One million free juices and smoothies have been given out free of charge by Jamba Juice to Isis NFC mobile wallet users since the ‘Million Free Juice or Smoothie Giveaway’ promotion launched in October 2013. Jamba has also signed up one million members for its Insider Rewards loyalty program, developed in partnership with Spendgo. Launched five months ago, the program lets customers type their phone number into a POS terminal to “receive rewards, personalized offers and free Jamba product”.

Amazon releases mobile wallet app for Android

July 22nd, 2014

Amazon Wallet, an Android app that lets users store gift cards and loyalty cards on their mobile phone, is now available to download from Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. Amazon Wallet also ships with… More

Nintendo adds NFC payments

July 21st, 2014

Nintendo Wii U users in Japan can now use the NFC interface built into their GamePad controller to purchase games with a Suica contactless payment card. The plan to offer contactless payments was detailed by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata in May this year. Gamers that use the service will receive Suica loyalty rewards at the rate of one point for every ¥200 they spend.

Four in ten mobile wallet users choose mobile as primary mode of payment

July 21st, 2014

While convincing consumers to make use of a mobile wallet remains an issue for many providers, shoppers that do convert to mobile payments make extensive use of the technology, Nielsen’s Q2 2014 Mobile Wallet Report… More

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